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|Cambria Freeman, 11 Apr 1890, Contributed by Lisa Baker|
|Death of a Prominent Citizen of Lilly.|
LILLY, PA., April 2, 1890.
Editor Freeman. -- It is with sincere regret that this community is called upon to mourn the death of one of our most respectable citizens, in the person of Mr. Gephart Bender, in the fifty eighth year of his age, which occurred on Saturday, March 29th at 7:30 o'clock A.M. Deceased was a native of Germany and came to America in 1850, locating in this place. he was a shoemaker by trade, and during the intervening years of his life worked constantly at his occupation with the exception of about a year. He served as a private in the late rebellion in Co. A, 55th P.V.'s. As a soldier he was brave, and through many kind acts won the hearts of his comrades. At the close of the war he married Miss Mary Sill, of Allegheny township, this county, and as the result of this union was born to them eight children, two of whom are dead; the survivors are William, Mary, Basil, Gephart and Maggie Catharine the wife of Andrew Boley. The remains were followed to the Catholic church at this place by a large concourse of mourning relatives and sorrowing friends, when, after appropriate services by Rev. Father Walsh, the remains were borne to the beautiful Catholic cemetery that overlooks the town, and after services conducted by the Grand Army Post (of which he was a member) all that was mortal of a loving husband, a kind father, a good Catholic and citizen and an uncompromising Democrat was laid to rest in peace.
(The above was received too late last week for publication.--ED)